WorldDMB as a digital radio ‘knowledge broker’
WorldDMB acts as a knowledge broker on all aspects of the switch from analogue to digital radio. To this end we deploy our members to make vital connections across the globe to ensure that those planning a rollout of digital radio are able to do so with the help and advice of industry experts. Through our members, WorldDMB has access to specialist industry information and resources that we use in a variety of ways. One of the most significant ways we share knowledge and resources is through the approximately 20 events that we organise every year across the globe.
A most recent example is the DAB+ Technology Workshop and Transmission Demonstration that took place in Jakarta, Indonesia. This event was jointly organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Ministry for Communications and Information (KOMInFO), Radio Republic Indonesia (RRI), Commercial Radio Australia and WorldDMB. The workshop was a success with senior engineers and industry stakeholders learning about all aspects of digital radio rollout from industry experts. Topics covered included regulation and licensing, and WorldDMB together with the ABU provided technical support for the demonstrations and eventual network build-out.
Technical issues resolved
WorldDMB relies on its members to set the agenda for discussions around topics of importance in the rollout of digital radio and this is particularly evident within the WorldDMB Technical Committee. Members of WorldDMB can elect to join the Technical Committee, and join also one of the taskforces set up by this Committee. An example of a task force that has been very active over the past year is the Service Following Task Force which has now submitted a document for publication by ETSI. Members of the Technical Committee are able to raise issues they are working on and have access to that body of expertise in resolving any technical issues.
Finally, we welcome WorldDMB’s newest member – DAIMLER AG.
Patricia Lopez, has joined the Project Office team in London as the new Project Coordinator. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at EDhEC Business School in nice, France, before moving to the UK to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing. Patricia who speaks fluent Spanish and French joins us from her previous role as an Executive Assistant at a venture capital firm and an internship with Bacardi. Patricia will be coordinating the Project Office team, overseeing office finances and HR and will provide support for the WorldDMB committees.
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WorldDMB Member Benefit: GFK Data
GfK and WorldDMB have an agreement whereby WorldDMB may share content of GfK reports with members of WorldDMB. These reports look at product groups, countries and reporting frequencies with regard to DAB/DAB+ digital radio in seven countries on a bi-monthly basis.
About GFK GfK is one of the world’s largest research companies. 11,000 GfK experts are working to discover new insights about the way people live, think and shop, in over 100 markets. GfK is constantly innovating to use the latest technologies and the smartest methodologies to give its clients the clearest understanding of the most influential people in the world: their customers. That knowledge empowers GfK’s clients to make the right decisions, and position their businesses for the future.
HARRIS: – New radio transmission product
Harris Broadcast Communications have introduced new products ideal for international broadcasters operating large transmission networks andseeking to reduce network costs and complexity in the process During IBC 2012, harris demonstrated a new electronic data interchange (EDI) solution to support IP-based distribution of radio broadcast content over multipoint DAB transmission networks. This development enables low-cost, targeted content delivery to many transmitters across large geographic regions. An EDI module distributes content from the central headend to multiple transmitters, each with a receiving EDI module built into its Apex M2X exciter. This creates the industry’s only integrated EDI interface on the market for DAB transmitters, eliminating expensive external components. www.harris.com
INRIX:- Inrix is to provide up-to-the-minute traffic information across the DAB network in the United Kingdom. By leveraging the latest DAB technology, Inrix will help Garmin deliver better, more detailed live traffic data, updated more frequently and without an internet connection. This new generation of Garmin 3D Traffic Live will provide Garmin customers access to fully featured live traffic information without any subscription costs.
Factum Electronics:- Factum Electronics signed contracts for deliveries to Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Kuwait and continue to supply other key markets in Europe Factum has signed contracts for deliveries to hong Kong and South Korea. Kuwait has also ordered two large systems covering 24 redundant DAB+ services hosted by two separate multiplexing and data broadcasting systems. In Australia the Factum main installation is the prestigious contract for the continental roll out of CRA and CBAA. In Europe, Factum has already delivered to the German DAB+ build out during 2012, and orders have been received from France, Czech Republic and norway and Ireland has chosen Factum for its test services in DAB and DAB+. www.factum.se
Panasonic:- Panasonic presents the smallest DAB/ DAB+/DMB module for digital radio
receptionWith the new ATD8ZP family, Panasonic Industrial Devices Europe Gmbh has developed the world’s smallest* DAB/DAB+/DMB modules. The SMT-compatible components are intended for digital in-car radio reception using entertainment solutions (head units) or navigation devices. As well as original equipment, Panasonic also has its sights on retrofits (after market) for the up-and-coming DAB technology. Bjoern Groencke, Product Manager Panasonic Industrial Devices Europe Gmbh: “As DAB radio is considerably more widely established in other European countries than in Germany, we expect there will now also be a significant upturn here. Both public and private broadcasters have already achieved an area coverage of 60 to 70% in 2012. And the major German car manufacturers will be offering digital receivers for all vehicles from 2013. With our new ATD8ZP module, we are making it particularly easy for all manufacturers of car radios and other receivers to enable their customers to participate in the fantastic possibilities of this leading-edge technology.”
*Status August 2012
Frontier Silicon:- Frontier Silicon transforms the listening experience with Advanced Bluetooth™ connectivity for digital radiosN Frontier Silicon, has launched its new DAB 5.0 Software Development Kit (SDK). By adding Bluetooth connectivity to Frontier’s Verona DAB/DAB+ module, DAB 5.0 introduces a closer level of integration between smartphones/tablets and radio/audio devices delivering a simple and intuitive user experience. A Frontier Silicon DAB 5.0-based audio system delivers the following benefits:
– Use iOS and Android smart-phones and tablets to wirelessly control the digital radio, browse stations by name and enjoy programme-relevant information from the broadcaster in the form of text (DLS) and full-colour images.
– Switch between different smart devices at the press of a button.
– When no smart-device is connected, digital radio is still always available – making this an ideal audio solution for shared areas such as kitchens and living rooms.
– DAB 5.0 provides these features without the need for expensive colour displays or Wi-Fi components, making it a cost effective solution.
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